ShiverBook - 2009
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Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver opens during one particularly brutal winter, when the wolves in Mercy Falls, Minnesota are starving. Desperate to eat, they pull an eleven-year-old girl off of her tire swing in her back yard. As they begin to pull at her clothes, she catches the beautiful, golden eyes of one of the wolves and they both connect in an inexplicable way. The golden-eyed wolf saves her (more)
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The first in a beautiful series about new romance set amid shape-shifting fantasy.
This literary werewolf romance features fearless Grace and stalwart Sam as they battle their seemingly inevitable separation.
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who in his turn has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Part of a series.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
Jenna_Lambert thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17
NICOLE EMMA WITHERS thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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“Sam came around the side of the car and stopped dead when he saw me. “Oh my God, what is THAT?” I used my thumb and middle finger to flick the multicolored pom-pom on top of my head. “In my language, we call it a HAT. It keeps my ears warm.” “Oh my God,” Sam said again, and closed the distance between us. He cupped my face in his hands and studied me. “It’s horribly cute.” He kissed me, looked at the hat, and then he kissed me again. I vowed never to lose the pom-pom hat.”
“She kissed me harder, breath huffing into my mouth, and bit my lip. Oh, hell that was amazing. I growled before I could stop myself.”
“Sensitive," I tried.
Sam translated: "Squishy."
I laughed so hard I snorted. "How do you get feng shui out of 'thoughtful'?"
"You know, because in feng shui, you arrange furniture and plants and stuff in thoughtful ways." Sam shrugged. "To make you calm. Zenlike. Or something. I'm not one hundred percent sure how it all works, besides the thoughtful part.”
“We had this big grill at his house, and I remember, one night he said, 'Sam, tonight you're feeding us,' He showed me how to push on the middle of the steaks to see how done they were, and how to sear them fast on each side to keep the juices in."
"And they were awesome, weren't they?"
"I burned the hell out of them," I said, matter-of-fact. "I'd compare them to charcoal, but charcoal is still sort of edible.”
“And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me - nothing anywhere but Grace and me - she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me, holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands.”
“Lunch." I said. "Immediately. I'm going to wither away to absolutely nothing. Then you'll be racked with guilt."
"I doubt it.”
Sexual Content: There is a lot of kissing, and the main characters do advance their relationship in certain ways by the end of the novel, but its nothing too descriptive.
Sexual Content: It contains plenty of kissing and such, but one part is very intimate.
Sexual Content: this involves a little bit of sexual content, so i'd suggest 11+
Sexual Content: This does contain some iffy content so i would say 13+ for the readers
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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting presence she can''t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. When Grace was a little girl, she was attacked by wolves. They ripped at her clothing as if they were trying to devour her. All except for one. A wolf with golden eyes. Every year since the attack the golden eyed wolf has watched her, and she watched him. Then one day, when she came home, she found a teenage boy lying on her back deck. She knows it's the golden eyed wolf. It turns out that he was shot. She rushes him to hospital.They almost immediatly fall in love. But winter is approaching and the golden eyed boy, Sam, must hold on to himself or he will change back into a wolf. For good! summer, a few precious months of being human - until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It''s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever
When Grace was a little girl, she was attacked by wolves. They ripped at her clothing as if they were trying to devour her. All except for one. A wolf with golden eyes. Every year since the attack the golden eyed wolf has watched her, and she watched him. Then one day, when she came home, she found a teenage boy lying on her back deck. She knows it's the golden eyed wolf. It turns out that he was shot. She rushes him to hospital.They almost immediatly fall in love. But winter is approaching and the golden eyed boy, Sam, must hold on to himself or he will change back into a wolf. For good!
Grace has always been facsinated by the wolves that live near her home. But one in particular has always stood out. The yellow eyed wolf. What Grace doesn't know is that the wolves are humans. And the yellow eyed wolf is Sam, and he is in love with her. But will Sam risk the truth just to be with Grace.